Junior Celtics presented by New England Baptist Hospital
The Jr. Celtics program presented by New England Baptist Hospital challenges over 650 3rd-5th graders to develop their basketball game through skills, drills and leadership training.
Kids from local YMCA's and Boston Centers for Youth and Families community centers participate in "clinic events" where they are coached through workouts by members of the Celtics roster. Participants are then tasked with improving in those Celtics-approved drills for a chance to come to a Celtics game as a Jr. Celtics All-Star.
A smaller subset of youth are nominated by their coaches as "Captains" and are challenged to come up with a community service project addressing a specific social issue in their community. Captains are recognized on-court at a Celtics game with the Jr. Celtics Leadership Award.